September 1, 2020 Subject:
This Book Saved My Life -- and Changed My Life
I managed to get ahold of this right when it came out. I'd been struggling with my first Unix account -- 4.2 BSD on a VAX 11/750 in grad school, logged into on a real VT100 terminal. Fast forward 35 years of continuous use, and very little has changed on the command line -- on the now near-ubiquitous Linux servers running the back end of nearly every web page on the internet. This book is a real classic.
June 9, 2020 Subject:
The most important UNIX book ever!
Back in 1983 Henry Spencer's email signature said "Those who don't understand Unix are condemned to reinvent it, poorly." He was having a dig at the then emerging BSD system.
You don't have to be a programmer to read this book. Any UNIX or Linux user would benefit from sitting at a terminal and working through the first five chapters. Programmers will learn much wisdom from the authors demonstration of creating an working interpreter with yacc.
Do this and you will understand what Henry was talking about and why cat -v is considered harmful